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Windows 7: Questions about my new harddrive

14 Oct 2011   #31
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Indeed there are. One looks like this:

USB 2.0 to SATA / IDE Adaptor Cable - Circuit Central


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14 Oct 2011   #32
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

This won't work - such adapters are meant to connect a SATA drive to an USB port, not the other way around.

Even if you find a way to connect your drive to an internal SATA port, you'll still be limited to USB2.0 speed. You're simply stuck with it...
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14 Oct 2011   #33
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Hmm I just bought a new Western Digital Internal Hard Drive but it doesn't show up in My Computer, but it the BIOS detects it and Windows installed it's driver successfully. Should I make a new topic or?
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14 Oct 2011   #34
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Does it show up in Disk Management? You may have to format it and give it a drive letter there.
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14 Oct 2011   #35
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Does it show up in Disk Management? You may have to format it and give it a drive letter there.
Thanks for the quick reply, forgot to assign a drive letter. Would my new hard drive increase boot speed and performance of games without having the files on that one? Personally didn't test it yet because I probably have to restart to check boot time but I thought asking here would be quicker and easier.
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14 Oct 2011   #36
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommandoBob View Post
Would my new hard drive increase boot speed and performance of games without having the files on that one? Personally didn't test it yet because I probably have to restart to check boot time but I thought asking here would be quicker and easier.

Not sure I follow you.

The new drive won't improve boot times unless it is the Windows drive and is faster than the current Windows drive.

I don't game, but I'm not sure HD speed has a lot of effect on game performance.
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14 Oct 2011   #37
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommandoBob View Post
Would my new hard drive increase boot speed and performance of games without having the files on that one? Personally didn't test it yet because I probably have to restart to check boot time but I thought asking here would be quicker and easier.

Not sure I follow you.

The new drive won't improve boot times unless it is the Windows drive and is faster than the current Windows drive.

I don't game, but I'm not sure HD speed has a lot of effect on game performance.
Is it possible that I transfer all files on my old HDD to the new HDD including Windows? My current old HDD with Windows on it is C: and the new one is B:, would that have issues with the registry? Or do I completely have to reinstall Windows on the new HDD?
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14 Oct 2011   #38
ignatzatsonic

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You could clone the existing C to the new drive.

Or you could make an image of C and then restore that image to the new C.

The registry, Windows, and all installed programs would be part of that clone or image restore---the entire partition in question.

Typical programs for that sort of thing are Macrium, EaseUS Todo, or Acronis.

It's worth a try. Lots of people do it. I've always done clean installs because imaging/cloning isn't foolproof and because I don't mind taking the time to do a clean install.
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14 Oct 2011   #39
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You could clone the existing C to the new drive.

Or you could make an image of C and then restore that image to the new C.

The registry, Windows, and all installed programs would be part of that clone or image restore---the entire partition in question.

Typical programs for that sort of thing are Macrium, EaseUS Todo, or Acronis.

It's worth a try. Lots of people do it. I've always done clean installs because imaging/cloning isn't foolproof and because I don't mind taking the time to do a clean install.
How do I make my new HDD letter C: when my old one is already C:?
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14 Oct 2011   #40
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Don't worry about it.

You'll only see one C. The old one will prestomatically become D or E or F.
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